Tips and Tricks for Wild hair colors and traveling
As I’m dying my hair in preparation for Blizzcon, I’m standing in my bathroom, painting my hair, and thinking of all of the people who might be doing wild colors in their hair for the first time! And as I’m standing there I was thinking of all of the things I’ve learned over the last 10 or so years I’ve been doing non-natural colors in my hair and figured now was a good time to share! Since a lot of folks may be considering getting their hair colored wild colors for the first time, or again. Some of you may even be getting it done while you’re visiting Anaheim! I’m going to list some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years for wild hair color maintenance AND for traveling-while-wild-hair-colored. I hope this is helpful for you!
First Time Wild Hair Color!
First timers! This is for you! This is stuff I’ve learned over the years just for maintaining wild hair colors and keeping the dye off everything you own!
- If you’re getting your hair bleached, don’t shampoo for a couple days prior to your appointments. The natural oils in your hair actually help protect against breakage and damage during the bleaching process.
- If you’re getting your hair bleached, go to a professional or someone whose done it more than a couple times to ensure that they are taking care of your hair. Accidents happen and you really don’t want to be a casualty!
- If you’re bleaching your own hair, please read ALL of the instructions and mind them. They’re there for a reason. People can and do cause their hair to be so damaged it just breaks off.
- Find a dry shampoo that you like. One of the keys to lasting color is not washing it with harsh shampoos, so if you can avoid shampooing daily and can extend it to every 3-4 days, your color will last longer.
- Try to find the coldest temperature you can endure while in the shower and save shampooing for last. Hot water can actually pull the color from your hair so if it’s time to shampoo those lovely colored locks, try to use cooler water temps to prevent the color from running.
- Some colors will fade faster than others. In my experience reds and pinks fade the fastest while greens and blues seem to stick around longer. Keep this in mind when you’re getting multiple colors as it will not fade at the same time all together.
- Different brands of dye have different shades of color. If you plan to maintain the color at home, ask the person who colored your hair what brand they use and be cautious you get the correct one. I use Pravana for most of my hair color but they have several different lines which have different shades of same-name colors.
- Try to find a shampoo that has no sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) as this tend to pull color. You can maintain your lovely colors by using an SLS-free shampoo and color safe conditioner will help extend the life of your color. I use Purology Hydrate shampoo (lavender bottle) and Smooth Perfection conditioner (bright pink). Google and amazon might help you find some that works for you. I tend to go to Ulta because I can smell the shampoos before I buy them, so this is a personal preference.
- Some colors run a helluva lot more than others. In my experience, purple is by far the worst in terms of running/bleeding for weeks after dying while the other colors will last maybe two shampooings before it stops. This is dependent on brand, so be mindful that this is normal.
- In order for most colors to be vibrant, your hair will need to be bleached. Coloring on top of dark hair can produce some really cool effects, but they will be subtle and require bright lighting before anyone will notice. If you want colors to pop, bleaching your dark hair is almost necessary. You don’t have to bleach to your roots, though, and I often avoid it to avoid the dreaded root growth. Get your bleaching/lightening done ombre or balayage to have lighter ends but natural hair color roots!
- Depending on what I’m doing with my hair, I might actually cover my pillow case with a towel for the first week or so to prevent the color from getting onto my bedding. This is a personal preference and tip, but I personally love my bedding and dye would likely ruin it.
- Be careful with flat and curling irons. Use the lowest heating setting you possibly can to style your hair. This prevents additional damage to your colors parts but also can help extend the life of your color.
- Most colors will oxidize after about an hour, but I often will leave colors on for upwards of 4 hours. It might be just me playing brain games with myself, but I notice that I get a more saturated color (deeper) and a longer “perfect color” period in the middle (Saturated color for 2 weeks, “perfect color” for about 3-4 weeks”, then the fading phase for the remainder).
Traveling with Wild Hair color!
- If you’re able to, pack your own towel to bring with you to Blizzcon (or while traveling). There is a good chance that if you shampoo your hair or get it wet, some of the color might bleed. Spare your hosts and the hotel staff some grief and just bring a towel that you don’t care if it has dye stains on it.
- If you’re getting your hair done at Blizzcon, prepare in advance and pick up some SLS-free shampoo in trial sizes so you can travel with it. Also research dry shampoo options in smaller sizes that you can travel with, especially if you’re flying.
- If you have longer hair, bring shirts that you won’t mind the collar a little dye-stained. Sometimes the color bleeds, regardless of what precautions you use. White shirts are obviously the most likely to show this color transfer.
- Before leaving to go anywhere, make sure your hair is dry. Recently dyed hair will transfer color no matter how clear you think the water is. Some colors bleed more than others, but I find my wet hair transfers colors no matter how longer I’m standing there rinsing.
This is what I’ve been able to think of today, so if you have any tips or tricks, please add them in the comments section and I’ll be sure to put them on the list.
Most of all, do something you enjoy and will love for the 6+ weeks that you’ll have it!